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Fast and Furious

Ok, I have now seen all the Fast and Furious movies and I have some thoughts. First, they are fun! I recommend them if you can suspend your disbelief. I don’t mean about the crazy stunts and action scenes, although that’s part of it. To enjoy the Fast and Furious franchise you need to realize these films take place in an alternate reality where pretty much everything revolves around cars. The only locations are good guy abodes, bad guy abodes, government facilities, the occasional public meeting place like a cemetery, and car-related places, of which there are a lot! There’s city streets, rural roads, car shops, car lots, garages, and of course, race tracks and racing gathering places, whether as a staging ground for an urban street race, or out in the desert for something like Race Wars. Also, everyone in this reality is really attractive, with the exception of some government employees, and a select few are imbued with super-strength, durability, and luck, by the car gods.

So what’s the best Fast and Furious film? I know a lot of people say Fast 5 is the best because of The Rock’s so-bad-it’s-good-ness, plus it’s the first time a bunch of other characters from previous films get together. 5 is good, but I think maybe the best one is the first one, The Fast and the Furious. It’s probably Vin Deisel’s best performance and it does a nice job of setting the tone of the world. I also like 7 because then you get Jason Statham, and 7 is probably better than F8te and Hobbs and Shaw. The other one I like a lot is Tokyo Drift, because this one is firmly rooted in the Fast and Furious tone, in that the whole world revolves around cars, and it’s all about the race. Racing basically determines everything that happens in this movie, and I like the spiritual aspect of the racer and the race that’s pretty much only in this one and the first one.

Ok, so I have some ideas for what to do next. I know the filmmakers have said 9 and 10 will be the last ones, but I kinda doubt that. Probably Vin will die, but the Fast and Furious universe will continue. How bout Tokyo Drift 2? What happened to DK? I feel like he could come back and be an anti-hero type character. I also could see a movie about young Vin and Michelle Rodriguez getting into trouble as teenagers. Maybe that sets up her own movie, set after 10? I also think it could be cool to release a set of short films, so Gal Gadot could get a short, Ludacris could get a short, etc. Why don’t other shared universes do this? I think it would be cool for Star Wars, Marvel, and DC, to put out sets of short films in theaters.

Here’s my final pitch: Hobbs and Shaw 2, in which they become gay lovers. There’s so much male bonding in these flicks, why not just make it official? Hobbs talks about things he would do to Shaw’s ass on multiple occasions. The studio could put the script under lock and key and have a Star Wars/Avengers level of secrecy, and then the movie will get tons of buzz once it starts getting rejected by censors from other countries, and it would be an history-making film. The Rock and The Stath are cool and I think they would be up for it. Can you imagine a Fast and Furious film ending with a gay marriage? People’s heads would explode and the world would be a better place.

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Lots of Bach

Hellooo!

I’ve been programming 2 monthly series of concerts this year: Glenview Classical Series (with Derek Sup) at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Oakland, and the Bach Project, mostly at the Musical Offering Cafe in Berkeley. This month both concerts are Bach concerts!

Friday 9/20 7:30pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Oakland 1658 Excelsior Ave, Oakland, CA 94602 Sprezzatura Cello Quartet Plays J.S. Bach. Glenview Classical Series presents a program of music by J.S. Bach, performed by the Sprezzatura Cello Quartet. This is an encore performance of Bach Project VIII (part of the ongoing Bach Project at the Musical Offering Cafe in Berkeley), and will feature arrangements by deceased Bay Area cello legends, Collin Hampton and Laszlo Varga, as well as living Bay Area cellist, Lewis Patzner, and others. The Sprezzatura Cello Quartet consists of cellists, Ed Baskerville, Misha Khalikulov, Crystal Pascucci, and Lewis Patzner. https://www.sfcv.org/event/glenview-classical-series/sprezzatura-cello-quartet-plays-js-bach

Tuesday 10/1 7:30pm at the Musical Offering Cafe 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 Bach Project IX: Music for Flute, Cello and Harpsichord. I’m excited to add some variety of instrumentation to the Bach Project, and this time I’ll be playing with Ellie Falaris Ganelin and Rebecca Boblak on flute and harpsichord, respectively. I’m going to play some transcriptions for solo cello as well as the flute sonata in e minor with the whole group. We’ll also hear a keyboard fantasia and the CPE Bach solo flute sonata.
In other news, I’m working on booking some more performances of my original music, and will announce those soon! Thanks so much for your support!
-Lewis
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August ’19 East Bay Shows

Yo Yo, Mah Homies!

More shows are happening! Please allow me to inform you on the details!

Wednesday August 21st 8pm Cosa Nostra Strings is playing at Strings! 6320 San Pablo Ave. Emeryville CA. This is a really special private venue and I think if you are going to see us anywhere, here is the ideal setting. We’re playing world premieres by Adam Theis and Keith Lawrence, in addition to the first performance of the unabridged version of my “Deep State” series. Do you like war? Me, I think we are fighting too many wars, selling too many weapons, getting too many innocent people killed, and generating too much wealth for a select few. Rehearsal today was truly magical, so please consider coming and telling your friends! Doors at 7:30.

http://www.strings.org

Wednesday August 28th at 7:30 is Bach Project VIII: Cello Quartets, at the Musical Offering Cafe in Berkeley. 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. Yes, that’s the 8th installment of this series of music by J.S. Bach! I personally love listening to and playing cello quartets, (4 cellos) and I also love Bach, so this is like, double-love! In all seriousness, the cello quartet is a unique sound that is truly fabulous in its rich tones and expressive potential. Joining me are Ed Baskerville, Misha Khalikulov, and Crystal Pascucci. We’re playing arrangements by deceased Bay Area Cellists, Collin Hampton and Laszlo Varga, as well as living Bay Area cellist Russ Bartoli and his friend, Peter Lang (see Bach Project VI), AND a few of my own arrangements! Putting a lot of work into this one.

https://www.sfcv.org/event/riffic-records/bach-project-viii-cello-quartets

Friday August 30th 7:30 is Glenview Classical Series: Britten and Purcell at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Oakland. 1658 Excelsior Ave, Oakland, CA 94602. Glenview Classical Series is getting CHEEKY with a night of British 20th century and baroque classical music. The program consists of works by two of the most important English composers: Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) and Henry Purcell (1659-1695). This ambitious concert will include pieces for choir, vocal solos, organ, strings, and oboe, including Britten’s 17 minute cantata, Rejoice in the Lamb, and his Phantasy Quartet; as well as movements from Purcell’s Fairy Queen and King Arthur.

https://www.sfcv.org/event/glenview-classical-series/britten-and-purcell

Crossover Cellist Ep. 26

What’s up world, There’s a new episode pf the Crossover Cellist available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other good podcast hosts, or here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/200794/1421440-ep-26-town-trio-corey-mike-and-jacob-hansen-joseph

“Members of the Town Quartet, Corey Mike and Jacob Hansen-Joseph, talk about our upcoming string trio performance at the Musical Offering Cafe in Berkeley July 24th at 7:30PM, the 7th installment of the Bach Project, featuring the Mozart/J.S. Bach/W. F. Bach Preludes and Fugues, and the 15 sinfonias. We also talk about Corey’s NES arranging project, Jacob’s Reicha edition project, and a variety of classical music topics. Would Vivaldi have been “Me Too-ed”??? Who is the French Brahms? Who is the Beethoven of the flute??? At the end we hear the 3rd sinfonia, recorded just before this conversation.”

 

Here’s links to the event page for the 24th.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2696393773784687/

Late May/early June ‘19

Hellooooooo!

I decided to take a break from performing… Psych! Here’s some upcoming performances:
May 28th 7:30PM Bach Project Part V at the Musical Offering Cafe 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704.My good friend and frequent collaborator, Jacob Hansen Joseph, and I are each playing a solo suite and joing forces to play a rather difficult solo violin sonata. The one in C. Yeah, THAT one! Event Page

June 1st 7:30PM Glenview Classical Series Presents Solaris Trio at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Oakland 1658 Excelsior Ave, Oakland, CA 94602. We’re playing my original piano trio, a piece of which I’m very proud. We’re also playing music by Evan Price, Benjamin Godard, Chausson, Debussy, and Mahler.  Joining us is my good friend and frequent collaborator, Jacob Hansen Joseph, on viola. He’s playing on the Mahler Piano Quartet and the 2nd movement of the Chausson Piano Quartet, one of my favorite pieces for that instrumentation. It’s that beautiful French Romantic sound we all love. Event Page

June 2nd 6PM Town Quartet plays Kiki’s Garden Potluck Partis. 1715 Peralta St, Oakland, CA 94607-1615. We’re playing the Derek Sup String Quartet, Mia Bella D’Augelli’s “Short and Crunchy” Duo for Violin and Cello, classic rock arrangements by Jacob Hansen Joseph, the “Metroid Suite,” arranged by Corey Mike, and my 6 Short Quartets. Event Page
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June 7th 8PM Ariel Wang plays the Ridgeway House with La Dee Da, Little Arcs, and Whiskerman. 204 Ridgeway, Oakland CA. This is going to be a super dope house show. Ariel’s set will have string quartet and feature a bunch of stuff from her upcoming album that’s in the works as I type! Did you take note of the line-up? It’s gonna be SUPER DOPE!!!
June 9th 8PM Cosa Nostra Strings at the Back Room 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley, California 94704. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite local venues. Great sound and vibes. Also playing is Darren Johnston’s new(?) project, The Pipes. Event Page
June 28th 7:30PM Glenview Classical Series Presents: Composer Arranger Performer Orchestra at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Oakland. 1658 Excelsior Ave, Oakland, California 94602. CAPO is a string orchestra that plays music written and/or arranged by its members. We’re playing a substantial piece of mine called “Fiasco!” Also on the program is an incredibly beautiful piece for piano and orchestra by Derek Sup. You will love it!  Event Page
I’m also playing 2 more Groupmuses (classical music house concerts). May 26th in SF and June 4th in Oakland.
Also, all of these events benefit from you bringing money. Just saying…
Thanks so much!
-Lewis

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